I really did come up trumps in B's book swap. Krystal lent me John Green's 'Looking for Alaska'. I love my books and spend way too much of my time reading, so I was one very happy bunny that I'd been sent something I hadn't read - or heard of - before.
I was a little bit dubious after reading the back of the book. It's set in "Culver Creek Boarding School". I'm in my early 30s. I thought I'd had my fill of books set in schools but as tends to happen, I was way too quick to judge.
It was a brilliant read from start to finish. It's not often that a book hooks me in like that. Without wanting to give away too much of a book, I fell for our hero "Pudge" immediately, with his encyclopedic knowledge of famous last words and his bravery in shrugging off the known to go in search of "The Great Perhaps". The people he encounters at Culver Creek aren't your run of the mill teenage stereotypes, they are intriguingly mysterious and the dynamics of their friendship are quite beautifully portrayed.
I thoroughly recommend it - thank you Krystal for the great loan - and thank you B for coming up with the Book Swap!